I Once Turned Down Anna Kornikova

I once mistakenly turned down Anna Kournikova...

Okay, not really her, but a real look-alike who also happened to be one of my adult students in Moscow, and the only reason I didn't hook up with her is that she botched English grammar!

During one of my evening classes, there was a blonde bombshell named Natasha. She was 25 years old and had a Masters degree in International Finance. She had long blonde hair, big crystal-blue eyes, a bust that barely squeezed into her shirts and long legs in the obligatory Russian high heels.

even my gay roommate agreed she was incredibly hot.

She was always warm and flirty with me in class, although her English was atrocious. One time she asked me out.

"Do you like Russia?" she asked me.

"Yes, actually, I love Russia!" I answered truthfully.

"What do you do on the weekends?" She asked.

"I don't know. Usually something different every weekend. It's hard to say." I replied.

"Do you walk on Sunday?" She asked, gazing deep into my eyes.

"Not really. I usually sleep in and then go somewhere in Moscow" I answered her.

She looked disappointed and flustered, and she said "Okay, bye bye" and took her jacket and left. I packed up my things and then thought "Doh!"

In Russia, the first date in a blooming romance usually involves an innocent walk in a park, followed by tea and sex. What she had meant to say was "Would you like to go for a walk on Sunday?"

Natasha "Kournikova" had bungled the grammar, and I had blown her off as if though I were dating a hundred other gorgeous Russian models with higher University degrees.

In Russia, the first date in a blooming romance usually involves an innocent walk in a park, followed by tea and sex.

Later that evening I recounted the story to my coworkers over some beer and pizza and they roared. They had seen this girl coming and going from my class and even my gay roommate agreed she was incredibly hot. "You Canadians are dense!" he ribbed me.

In my defense, we had been plugging the past simple and the present perfect for the past two weeks. It wasn't my fault I answered "No" when she asked, "Do you walk on Sundays?"

My advice to other teachers is to ensure your students know the difference tenses, otherwise, how else are they going to pick up their teachers?

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About Nate Drescher

Nate spent 10 years teaching overseas before returning home to Canada to start his own publishing business. In that time he taught in South Korea, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Poland!

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